MSO7088 - Bronze Age barrow on Horsen Ridge (Monument)
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Centred at SS 7822 3715 on Horsen Ridge, on ground falling slightly northeastwards, is a prehistoric barrow. It is a well defined, moss covered, flat topped, circular mound 6.2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The summit has been disturbed by a central hollow 0.9 metres square and 0.2 metres deep. [1-3] A prehistoric round barrow, of probable Bronze Age date, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork close to the summit of Exmoor, Horsen. Centred at approximately SS 7787 3709, the barrow measures some 6 metres in diameter, and according to the Somerset Historic Environment Record, up to 0.5 metres high. The HER also reports that the summit has been disturbed, leaving a central hollow measuring 0.9 metres square and 0.2 metres deep. [4-6] There appears to be some confusion in relation to this barrow. There are two records that have been merged into this record that have originated from Pastscape; one  includes details of a field survey  and gives a grid reference of SS 7822 3715, whereas the National Mapping Project survey  is referred to in  and gives a grid reference of SS 7787 3709. Both records, however, refer to a similarly proportioned barrow with an identical central hollow. It is not clear whether  has confused the barrow originally recorded by the RCHME survey with a separate barrow, or if it was previously mislocated.  This barrow was mentioned in a report produced by Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project following a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park.  A barrow is depicted on 2018 MasterMap data at SS 7788 3709, corresponding with the location provided by the National Mapping Project . No features are depicted at the location given by the RCHME Field Investigation . 
- <1> SSO1371 Survey: McDonnell, R. 1993, 1994. Archaeological Survey for Exmoor National Park. Field record number 235.
- <2>XY SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 20 December 1994. [Mapped feature: #46497 Barrow location from GPS, ]
- <3> SEM7987 Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Monument reference 1029914.
- <4> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73087 556-57 (17 April 1973).
- <5> SMO7573 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
- <6> SEM7987 Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Monument reference 1487572.
- <7> SEM8630 Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 4 February 2020.
- <8> SEM8035 Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 10, 16, 18.
- <9>XY SEM8545 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46499 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7804 3711 (346m by 67m)|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (2)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1487572 (Original Monarch entry: 1487572)
- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1029914 (Original Monarch entry: 1029914)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2946
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12553
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE149
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE78
- National Park
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029914
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1487572
- Somerset SMR PRN: 35755
Record last edited
Feb 4 2020 3:27PM
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